First Bicycle Trip to Exclusion Zone in Chernobyl

Nov 6, 2014 at 2:01
Nov 6, 2014
by Bartek John  
 
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Exclusion Zone - Chernobyl

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

Let's start from beginning. On a beautiful day in April we decided to go to place where no other bikers have been for almost 30 years - Ukraine's Chernobyl region, a radioactive exclusion zone. Maybe you remember 1986 when the city was evacuated after the Chernobyl disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The zone has been closed until this time. Only small groups of tourists can enter for touring, but it is under many restrictions. Also now, close to the Power Plant there are a lot of workers who are building a new sarcophagus to close the previously destroyed one. The zone is so big, about 30 km in each direction from the reactor. Along the border of the zone sit barbed wire and checking points. For normal citizens it is quite impossible to go there.

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

We decided to go there with bikes to improve our mobility and also to make it a first in history. I have to warn you, because it wasn't an official trip, we didn't have any pass from the guards. That's why we were even more stoked.

Our trip started in Hubin, a village close to border of the zone. It had a lot of guards that day, so we decided to go to the opposite side of zone and start from there. About 23.00 we were alone somewhere near Maksymovici. In front of us was a bridge that was controlled periodically by guards.

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

We were inside. We felt like children in a playground. There was another 35 km to the abandoned city of Prypiat where the rector was. It was a cold night and we were tired after travelling form Poland. We decided to take a couple hours nap, but keep off the ground as it may have much higher doses of radioactivity than other stuff.

rest away form radioactivity...first bicycle trip to Chernobyl

Over the next few days we saw a lot of villages in the zone and Prypiat - the dead city. It looked so amazing. Travelling on bikes was wonderful, but only possible during the night to eliminate being caught by guards. It was like riding in your best trial but multiplied by 100. Nobody around, no small sounds, it was something special - a totally black sky with millions of stars around. It was gorgeous. Nature was also lush and clean not like in most of your spots.

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

We wore camo clothes for our safety. Radioactivity in most of places was 100- 200 microR, similar to levels in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine. But in some spots radioactivity reached a few thousand. It was a high dose but we didn't exceed the value which is unhealthy. I can't capture in words my emotions after this trip. Just have a look at photos.

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl..

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl..

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicyle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl..

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl...

First bicycle trip to Chernobyl

We did it!!!

Yes it was amazing. All spots we planned to do we did. Through Prypiat, lots of villages, Red Forest and Duga radar. For sure I will visit there again...

Cheers Bartek
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117 Comments

  • + 284
 I went through here with Soap and Captain Price.. and even then I didn't want to hang around for too long...
  • + 44
 you beat me to it hahaha. did you guys see the sniper on the ferris wheel?
  • + 9
 it's not even safe to crawl around. talking about on bicycle now.
  • + 32
 I think you mean price and Capt Mcmillan?
  • + 11
 Just saying Catfish and Mike Escamilla rode bmx there like a year or two ago at the famous Ferris wheel
  • + 2
 Oh benji-man you just let the good modern warfare Times come up
  • + 5
 its crazy how many of the scenes in the game are real.The first photo is the same as the pool that has all the dogs in it in the game
  • + 5
 They actually recreated the entire town for MW the only thing they missed out was the school. Crazy to think so many people would know their way around if they got sent there just from playing a video game.
  • + 6
 S.T.A.L.K.E.R did it better than MW
  • + 1
 How Camo suite can make You safer ?!
  • + 128
 I hope you were riding a nukeproof! Haha! .... I'll see myself out
  • + 33
 I guess they would of bought that nukeproof at Chain Reaction...? I can hear the groans now...
  • + 15
 With Atomlab hubs?
  • + 1
 Only if they glow in the dark
  • + 102
 Never buy Ukranian underwear- because Chernobyl fallout.
  • + 7
 This joke relies on pronouncing it Cher-nob-ill as opposed to Cher-no-bill. I laughed once I got it though.
  • + 5
 Damn it Gav you beat me to it!!!!
  • + 2
 just couldn't resist hey Gav
  • - 33
flag bikecustomizer (Nov 6, 2014 at 8:56) (Below Threshold)
 It's no funny at all...

Kinda - Never use american dollars because of that massonic eye-in-triangle.
What's worse ?
  • + 95
 Strava link or it didnt happen.
  • + 2
 haha basic!!
  • + 78
 '50 thousand people used to live here, now it's a ghost town'
  • + 11
 Its a bit like walsall on a sunday.
  • + 21
 Amazing! I would love to go there, I just want to see with my own eyes how the world would look like after it all goes down. I remember driving through Croatia through ex-war zone. It is just indescribable experience, makes you think that nothing is for granted. I feel it in my gut when I think about it. One day you live in a house, everything in your life works in millions of interconnections, and next day someone comes and says - take necessities and leave, run! And so you do. It's just fkng brutal in one way, and in another, showing how much sht we surround ourselves with. Yesterday I honestly went nuts, screaming to myself in the car on the way home, mad that Ikea that they didn't have the shelf I checked to be in stock in big numbers, according to their website...
  • + 15
 Tyler Durden: We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra.

Narrator: Martha Stewart.

Tyler Durden: f*ck Martha Stewart. Martha's polishing the brass in Chernobyl. It's all going down, man. So f*ck off with your sofa units and Strinne green stripe patterns.
  • + 24
 Where do you think the 650b is comming from?
  • + 3
 Three mile island, i guess?
  • + 16
 When's the Danny Macaskill video from here coming out?
  • + 10
 because of such an articles people get wrong point of wiev about Ukraine( this place is realy terrible, but the last 99.9% of coutry are very beautiful! we've got alot of bike parks, mountains, wild nature - have a look in Google and U're welcome)
  • + 13
 Completely new meaning of the trip being RAD!
  • + 9
 its very interesting to read all your comments, but first of all you are lucky not to feel this disaster on your bodies. so many people died from nuclear pollution. by the way I should submit that a lot things people use to take with themselve to their house as a souvenir. don't do that Smile . Photos are very nice and most of people are interested in such preview. thanks.
  • + 9
 I've heard that riding in Chernobyl automatically services and tunes your fork and shock damper. It also removes any bubbles from the brake hoses. Is it true?
  • + 4
 I remember watching on t.v these two bmx riders Zach “Catfish” Yankush and Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla ride chernobyl on a Euro trip episode they had chained their bikes up and left them there because of the radiation.
This type of trip ain't my cup of tea but I'm clad you shared your experience with us..
  • + 1
 anybody got video of that?
  • + 3
 Strangers in Danger: Season 1, Episode 8 -Ukraine- Gooooogle is your friend.
  • + 1
 strangers in danger. I was also thinking the same thing when the words first people to ride bikes there came up.
  • + 4
 Actually some people rode there by bikes before. I know because friend of mine got his bike confiscated in zone (and successfuly sued it back). Few photos from internet as proof.
cs618523.vk.me/v618523795/125e2/ZP6CHg1gDoo.jpg
s4.pikabu.ru/post_img/big/2014/09/13/7/1410601570_802840160.jpg
  • + 4
 Remember this disaster on the news as a kid when it happened. I find it a fasinating place when i see it on tv all these years later seeing nature claim the land back.
Would love to go there one day. (Weird as it sounds)
  • + 2
 Wow I visited it few years ago for 4 hours when it was still accessible with special "tour", climbing the DUGA is balsy ! Great photos.
Here are my pics if you want to have a look. plus.google.com/photos/100166396497655933083/albums/5503053131763772881
  • + 5
 been there, miss this place, like I miss the rest of the Ukraine I saw
  • + 1
 "Radioactivity in most of places was 100- 200 microR, similar to levels in Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine"
Can you tell me how high the radiation was in the red forest? Because I heard it's one of the most contaminated areas in the world...!?
  • + 1
 A few thousand uRem (micro) would only be a couple mRem (mili). It's elevated sure but isn't very dangerous. For instance at 2 mRem/hr it would take 2500 hrs to reach the limit for US radiation workers of 5 Rem (5000mRem). I don't know what the Red Forest is at currently.
  • + 2
 does mentioning Putin fall under Godwin's law?
  • + 5
 inside Red Forest was about 17 000-18 000 mR.
  • + 2
 ok, that seems pretty high, right!?
i'm not that familiar with these units, sorry...
  • + 1
 Correctly to write - Kyiiv or Kyiv. "Kiev" - is drawn from russian pronunciation.
Actually I'm in Kyiv, Ukraine.
There is no radioactivity of such levels here at least for NOW - for sure.
That's totall lie. Bullsh*t.

In 30km zone around Chernobyl it can be and is because of that catastrophe of USSR times.
But the radioactivity lowers as the time goes. And now it is almost safe to be there, as one can see - even the some tourists are get there.
So there is really nothing to fear there besides may be guards because officially it is not for tourists still.

If some so brave bikers want to get the real shit in their bike shorts and see real war crazyness - just go to the east of our country: Donetsk, Luhansk regions.
Even these days crazy terrorists with the help of russian army, chechen fighters and other Putin's bitches still do their f..ng job there.

It is not funny at all. No f..ng way.
  • + 5
 Worst nuclear fallout accident in history, 10,000 cases of ongoing thyroid cancer directly linked to the disaster, and they purposely visited there?
  • + 3
 MilliRem/hr, or microRem/hr (uRem/hr)? 17-18 R/hr is really high. As Albe23 pointed out, you would have received the annual limit for a US radiation worker in less than 20 minutes. Check this out for great pictures of Chernobyl. www.kiddofspeed.com/default.htm
  • + 3
 Yeah 17-18 Rem/hr is bonkers high, now if it's 17-18 mRem (mili) that isn't so crazy. I think they are just confusing micro (u) and mili (m). As for the thyroid cancer, as an adult you're less susceptible to it given the same exposure. As a child you're far more susceptible at higher levels which is why a sizeable portion of the young population have had issues following the fallout and who were closer to the plant itself. Either way when entering high areas of radiation, such as during the recovery, it is/was a good idea to give high doses of iodine. The iodine floods the thyroid and keeps practiculates from staying there.
  • + 4
 Chernobyl was the worst Nuclear accident in history until Fukushima. There is no debate now that Fukushima has already been worse and is still ongoing. It will be for a mess for at least 40 years before we figure out some sort of plan to stop the leak.. Many experts agree there is nothing that can be done to stop it ever. Funny how the USA coined it as a "China Syndrome". Since it's the first time it has happened, we should call it the "North Atlantic Syndrome", and it's the antipode (opposite side of world) of Japan. At least Chernobyl had a chance and they managed to stop it and cover it with the sarcophagus. The is an excellent documentary called "The Battle of Chernobyl" topdocumentaryfilms.com/the-battle-of-chernobyl Puts things into perspective and sheds light on why there is a huge media blackout on Fukushima. It's so bad, they changed the law in Japan so they could throw anyone in prison for reporting on it. Let's hope Fukushima was the last big mistake and we finally learn from it, I believe we will.
  • + 7
 Ekhem ekhem... Pssst @B650wagon, check some stats on nuclear tests, particularly those made in atmosphere and underwater... Fukushima to that is like kids playing with quicksilver from a broken thermometer.
  • + 2
 all units are in micro
  • + 3
 There's actually plenty of data from experts that the dangers of radiation from chernobyl were massively exaggerated to make nuclear power look bad for political reasons. I'm sure far more people have died from the extraction processes of fossil fuels than radiation if you exclude actual nuclear bombings.
  • + 2
 In my opinion, nuclear power is just antiquated. Look at Norway, they only have hydrodnamic power! I live 100km from the france border and they have some shitty nuclear power plants. It's ridiculous to have such a scrap heap so close to my home...
  • + 3
 @WakIdesigns. I'd say it's the other way around. Show me the stats. Yes, supposedly there have been over 2000 nuclear explosions on Earth. But 4 out of 6 plants wrecked at Fuku. Tons of extremely radioactive MOX fuel stored above reactors. If Pool 4 burned up, or were to burn up, equivalent to 14,000 Hiroshima bombs ! There is WAY more fuel at these power plants that what gets used in a bomb, WAY more. Maybe you're right, I'm no expert. Maybe we should just build more of them and figure out where to put all the toxic waste in the future. Oh wait, the was the plan a long time ago, problem still nowhere near solved. And Fuku to prove it.
  • + 2
 @xCri: Yeah, but millions have been iradiated. Thousands have died of cancer, just due to this one single incident. Huge areas are now uninhabitable. And the radiation doesn't "go away" in some years. The area around Chernobyl will be uninhabitable for another 10. Only the roads are safe, because rain has washed away the radioactive particles. In the woods the radiation levels will remain incredibly high for a much longer period than your and my life span... And Fukushima would be jut as bad - if the radioation had not been carried out to the seas by the winds. Now that radiation will just sink to the bottom of the ocean, where it doesn't affect us humans as much. Only all the creatures living at the bottom of the seas...
  • + 3
 @B650wagon Fukishima is no where close to Chernobyl. It being the most recent it just seems like it was 'worse'. I'm not downplaying the importance of it, but Chernobyl was in a sense the worlds largest 'Dirty Bomb'. Also, none of the fuel used in commercial plants are of high enough concentrations to reach critical mass. Fuel isn't stored 'above reactors' they are stored in pools in close proximity to them and are perfectly safe provided they stay covered a certain height of water. I could very well spend all day citing studies from Fukishima that explain that the only worry is the plant itself and the details of how poorly planned/managed that plant was. As for the waste we (as engineers) have tried many times to either be like France and reconstitute the spent fuel (still contains 95% of it's energy) or bury it away in a mountain. However, given that engineers aren't in Congress and attempting to engineer anything to last 1000 years is lunacy, neither one has happened. So, they all just hang out in pools or casks. Because reasons....

@DHMF France is the world leader in Nuclear power and as such generates some of the lowest emissions in the world. It may seem antiquated but it's still one of the cleanest and most power dense forms of power known to us. Until we ride the Fusion train to awesomeland. Also, any type of Hydrodynamic/wind/solar/geothermal power is going to be geographically limited. Thus, isn't the answer for every utility. However, if you have an area that can support it and the economics works out, do it up.

I'm still hoping that either the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation figures out how to burn spent fuel or Fusion power becomes a real thing for longer than nano-seconds.
  • + 3
 @Albe23 You must work in the industry or something. You need to read up a little more on Fuku, the storage IS above the reactors. Regardless, the Fuel Pools were loaded with an insane amount of fuel, buildings damaged from the explosions... whether they burned up or not, will we ever know the truth? We are dealing with some of the most powerful and influential people in the World, Nuclear is HUGE business.

Anyways, I think we come to Pinkbike to not think..........about these things.
  • + 1
 @kainerm
Some of that is speculation that you cannot possibly know.
And the test if it is a nicely delivered trend of information that is intended to have you believe what someone wants you to believe.
There are experts that will contradict what you've said in response to me.
Furthermore.
We walk around with cellular phones right next to our balls all day.
But someone's always gonna blame nuclear radiation instead of many other factors.
Just because America doesn't want anyone going down the nuclear road. So their unrivalled in their ability to f*ck the world up.
  • + 4
 I was told that if I sleep on a madrass that has springs in it, the wi-fi signals can cause them to vibrate in a wicked manner which is bad for me. Also there is some subliminal stimuli in 4G so make sure your phone runs on 3G only. I don't know what to believe anymore.
  • + 2
 @Albe23 wow, here have a medal for googling that.
Now let me tell you this:
It doesn't f*cking matter in the slightest if France is the world leader in Nuclear power as most of the power plants are much older than you. The plant in Fessenheim, which is just a few miles away from where I live by the way, was planned in 1969, which is 15 years before you were even born. I'm talking about a world in which cigarettes still weren't considered unhealthy and AIDS was still more than a decade away from being discovered. Do you even know how computer technology looked like back then? Hell, most people didn't even have a color TV, back then! Your f*cking smartphone in your little jeans pocket has more information processing capacity than that whole nuclear power plant! Besides, Fessenheim is known for having had several malfunctions during its service life by now and if it wasn't for Fukushima it would have continued to run through 2025. And the fact, that this thing is in such proximity to the German border does surely make it a supranational concern, despite all respect for France's ingenuity. It would not make sense to say it should be disabled immediately, as it would have to run for several years to come anyway, no matter if feeding the grid or not - but still, it should be disabled as soon as possible!
Also, it's the nuclear power lobby that wants you to believe, that there are no green alternatives to accomodate the demand of electricity, but really, there is.

Having said that, the problem about nuclear power is not, that it doesn't give clean and dense energy, but how to dispose of the atomic waste. Like @B650wagon already stated very accurately, those things have been providing energy since the 50's and still there is not a single person walking the surface of this earth who has a f*cking clue how to deal with its toxic waste.
It's kinda like taking 1 Gallon of water and start walking across the Sahara thinking there will be a way to stay hydrated. Ridiculous.
  • + 3
 mazze, can you show us some alternative to nuclear energy, other than: science will surely deal with that in the future? Coal sucks, wind power sucks. BTW there is no cheap way of disposing nuclear waste, not that there is no way, Swedes make some nice bunkers in the mountains.
  • + 2
 @mazze I can understand your concerns given what happened in Fukishima. Nuclear is crazy powerful and has some damn significant concerns and drawbacks. However, read up a bit on fuel reprocessing a bit and storage there after. Even without reprocessing, the amount of fuel needed to provide power to the average American would fit into a coke can. If you took all of the fuel waste generated in America from 1950 ish to now it would fit into a football field and I guess would by now be just over the goal posts. As that study was done 5-10 years ago. Not saying that fuel storage isn't an issue or doesn't present challenges. Just that it isn't the crazy problem people might think it is. I can see why you might think they don't have solutions for this, because that industry doesn't make the headlines unless something bad happens. At least in America we have tried a great number to times to consolidate and reprocess our fuel. But politicians aren't engineers and as such are well....dumb. Thus, it sits across they nation in indvidual storage, and the industry hates it. Fukishima was Fukishima because they imporperly built a plant and disregarded notices on diesel intake heights and other smaller issues. Also, we flew to the moon with slide rules, I think they were ok with building a relatively tiny nuke plant. But yeah 60 years is pushing it on that plant.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns Oh there are alternatives, all have their drawbacks. Solar polutes more than Nuclear over its lifecycle. Due to its manufacturing process. Solar only really provides peak power between 10 am and 2 pm, because you know, the sun. Where as the peak demand occurs around 4pm to 8pm. Also, Solar's output can fluctuate incredibly fast, which creates a whole slew of problems for a given grid. So you need huge battery banks that provide only enough power to last minutes to help stabilize their output. However, if you solve some of their issues in cost effective ways solar is a pretty damn good alternative. Wind like geo-thermal is purely geographically limited and as such it's use is limited. Wind can be plagued by mother nature as well. Also, generally people hate looking/listening at wind farms and it kills birds so have fun with PETA. Outside of that wind has the least environmental impact I believe. Now if organic electronics really start to hit some advancements solar could be everywhere and bonkers cheap. Imagine the paint on your house is also a solar plant! Thus you could cover a large enough area to deal with the fluctuations and combined with a solid base load plant, like nuclear, would mean super clean and stable power.
  • + 2
 The efficiency of photovoltaic generators as well as windmills increased immensely over the last decade, also geothermal energy plays a huge role, but most importantly I think that self-sufficient buildings and smart-grids that are able to storage unused energy will make the difference in the future. I agree that coal sucks, but my point is, that Nuclear energy can't be the right way to go, as it implicates sheer unsolvable problems.
Without any doubt, it is technically feasible by now to meet the power demand relying on renewable energy sources, but it was for political and economical reasons, that the interest in proceeding this direction was being inhibited for decades.

To be clear, I nowhere stated, that I'm the guy who has all the answers to the worlds' problems, in fact, I'm just the guy who states the obvious, namely that we have NO answers to the Nuclear waste problem.
But one thing is certain: If the same amount of money that was put into Nuclear research, would've been invested into renewable energies, we weren't even to have this conversation right now.

Regarding the bunkers, I just don't believe they are going to hold up for the necessary 1 million years to come.
Just do the maths... service life of maybe 20 years (?) versus problems for 1.000.000 years... I don't see this trade-off having an appropriate relation. Especially since it's impossible for humans to plan within that kind of time frame.
  • + 2
 I wonder if a big enough Solar Flare could wipe out the power grid and throw hundreds of Nuclear Power Plants offline at once? Supposedly, even generators would not work due to the change in our magnetics. If this is the case, seems like we're taking an extremely huge chance. There are over 440 plants world wide at this point with plans to construct many more. Unless we are prepared for that? I wonder if that is the real reason behind these devices worldwide such as HAARP? Sort of like a breaker built into the ionosphere. Could be an early warning to attempt to shut down the grid in Milliseconds?? I guess Satellites may be able to provide the same function?
  • + 2
 I think a big part of Nuclear is that Nations wanted to have them as protection. Who wants to bomb an area where there is a Nuke plant? You'd just take yourself out too in the long run.
  • + 2
 B650wagon... Nukes are virtually ineffective against anything else but civilians living in large cities so that you swipe entire populations... nobody receiving a nuke could give a slightest damn about a nuclear power plant. The very reason they are not used (anymore) is that every 10 year old knows that their use would cause global disaster, every dumbest politician knows that the precise effects are impossible to be estimated so even if he's be a perfect psychopath, got the best bunker with best hookers and whisky in it, he'd still strongly hesitate to do it just from care for his own arse. Deadlock - that's the beauty of it. "Terrorist" attack? Still, Nuke's main weapon is radiation, then shockwave - which is ineffective on modern troops. To give it some perspective though, if everyone in western world buys food for a month and does not buy anything in that period, the destruction may be worse.

I'm all for fusion and new tech, but we have to be smart with hippie ideas as they may stop it from happening... a thing that is not told to us by politicians using hippie and hipster slogans is that if we were to do everything they say we shoukld in order to be moral beings: stop driving cars, stop buying sht we don't need, stop eating meat, no nuclear, all toghether - we'd have to dramatically, I mean dramatically, drop our standard of living. That involves "African" health care. Hipsters don't get it. They want beatiful world without all those things yet they think they will still sip soy latte, take pictures of benches with old Leica and post stupid stuff on Facebook on their smart phone while listening to vinyls
  • + 2
 I'm not talking about the bombs, I'm talking about the Power Plants themselves. The plants are the self defense mechanism, they don't need to be Nuked to go offline... Just saying it may have been the strategy besides the obvious of making power and weapons.
  • + 2
 @mazze I hear ya. Although I will say that there is more money being spent in renewables than Nuclear. By a long shot. Which is exciting to see some new tech come out. We are forever in pursuit of the silver bullet for energy. There are only a handful or so colleges that do power based nuclear research. Nuclear definitely has some issues that I think are within the realm of engineering.
  • + 1
 @B650wagon Actually a lot of planning is being done for Geo-magnetic disturbances such as Solar Flares. Some very cool white papers on it.
  • + 2
 I'd love to go there, but can't stand all the restrictions tour groups put you under, I know it's for your own safety and all but damn it, I just want to spend some time there and explore at my own leisure.
  • + 5
 interesting and different great article.....
  • + 5
 Go Prypiat... without premission... and you make no video wtf?
  • + 4
 next time will be video, for sure Smile
  • + 6
 get out of here stalker.
  • + 5
 that place looks like a "walking dead" scenary.
  • + 2
 These guys obviously never saw the movie Chernobyl Diaries....Pretty creepy horror flick, I swear some scenes were filmed at those white high rise apartments in the pics above. That's a big dose of HELL NO for me!!!!
  • + 3
 Always wanted to go there... It really makes you think that although humans have changed the world to suit us, it can all be taken away just like that.
  • + 3
 God Damn! You did it without any permission? I am jealous, I know the Prypiat only from .S.T.A.L.K.E.R. AND COD. Nice photos!
  • + 2
 Sweet trip, thanks for sharing. I hear that wolves are making a great come back in the zone. Any traces? What did you do for water?
  • + 5
 Nice job stalker.
  • + 4
 I dare you to ride Fukushima
  • + 4
 In Russia, bike rides you.
  • + 11
 Chernobyl inst in Russia. its in Ukraine
  • + 5
 In and around Russia, bike rides you.
  • + 2
 These dudes sperm count has just gone to zero. Nice pictures but I wouldnt risk my prostate just for smashing around and playing COD on my bike.
  • + 3
 Mmm noodles and 3 eyed fish
  • + 2
 Congrats Bartek for persistance.Nice hearing about U on the biggest biking website in the world
  • + 2
 If I where you I would go check my self. That is lot of "mR" you absorbe on your trip.
  • + 2
 Hey bro, you bike is all flashy and fluo. That's a Commencal for sure! Euh, no it's not...
  • + 2
 Way to admit to going into restricted zones, guys. As cool as this was reading, I'd expect a bit more.
  • + 3
 brilliant article and pics. Well done : )
  • + 3
 Talk about the ultimate trail poach...
  • + 3
 That is a trip of a lifetime!
  • + 2
 just count yourself lucky you didn't killed, kids this days, so irresponsible
  • + 4
 Pretty awsome trip!
  • + 2
 in chernobyl, bikes rides you after the night
  • - 1
 a few thousand mREM, no big deal... i am guessing that the level of radiation considered "unhealthy" is different there than it is here

it is cool to see what it looks like today though
  • + 8
 National Geographic did a interesting article on the Chernobyl area a few years ago. The animals adaptation to the fallout was quite interesting.
  • + 3
 heros
  • + 3
 Nice job! More pics!!!!
  • + 2
 That amazing!!! nice job guys
  • + 2
 been to Chernobyl zone three times but keep dreaming about trip like yours
  • + 3
 Avesome!
  • + 2
 Sweet. Id love to go there and see it.
  • + 1
 Awesome article, I envy you that trip. Looks genuinely amazing
  • - 3
 Why???????
If you want some risky activity go to the Rampage site and scare yourself riding any line. But putting yourself at risk for being arrested (which is fine) and worse off exposing yourself to radiation like that seems unreasonable.
  • + 1
 Better you then me buddy...
  • + 1
 Scary but amazing trip! Ride on!
  • + 2
 no thanks, too creepy
  • + 1
 Very cool!
  • + 1
 brings back the COD days
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